The sixth Africa Water Week opened in Dar-es- Salaam on Monday 18 July 2016 with a call for African scientists to actively participate in research and capacity building on the continent. During this event The Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) project has exhibited stories of success in MESA. MESA utilizes EO and satellite technologies to generate critical products and information services for socio-economic development of African people as well as sustainable environmental management.
As a result of close cooperation between the European Commission, the African Regional Economic Communities, the ACP Secretariat, the African Union Commission and EUMETSAT, a succession of projects have been organised to help African countries get better access to Earth observation data. The focus for the initial PUMA project was to provide access to satellite data for weather forecasting.